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  • 20090814
    It has been announced today that Pokemon is coming out in Japan next month BUT the american version of the game is to be released in Spring 2010.

    Who will be getting this game?? I know I will xD

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 301
  • 20090731
    Nintendo has reported heavy profit and revenue declines for the first quarter ended June 30.

    Net income, or profit, fell 60.6 per cent to 42.3 billion yen ($445m/£270.8m), while revenue declined by 40 percent to 253.4 billion yen ($2.7b/£1.62b)

    Operating profit was down 66 per cent to 40.4 billion yen ($425m/£358.7m).

    Wii hardware sales totaled 2.23 million units during the quarter, down from 5.17 million during the first quarter of last year. Lifetime Wii sales now stand at 52.62 million.

    Quarterly Wii software sales were 31.07 million, down from 40.41...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 128
  • 20090731
    A Facebook photo application has been released for DSi.

    Upgrade your handheld to firmware version 1.4 and you'll get the Facebook app, which lets you upload daft photos from your DSi for all to see.

    Once you've upgraded your handheld, a Facebook logo will appear in the camera's album selection. From there you can connect online to your Facebook account and upload snaps, says Official Nintendo Magazine.

    Up to 200 photos can be uploaded in one album, which will be automatically named "Photos from Nintendo DSi".

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 104
  • 20090721
    Field research time! Website Gpara wandered up and down train carriages on Tokyo's Yamanote Line, looking for players using R4 piracy devices.

    Since R4 piracy devices use cartridges with SD Card slots, it was possible

    Gpara deployed on trains last week — and did profiles of the DS players it spied on the train. Those profiles include the approximate ages, gender, type (student, salaryman, etc), what platform the individual was using and the approximate time window.

    On the first day, Gpara spotted 106 individuals on the train playing the DS throughout a chunk of...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 128
  • 20090720
    Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord is now available through Nintendo's WiiWare service.

    A follow-up to the kingdom-building simulation FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King, this newest entry in the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES franchise invites players to switch teams for a view from the villain's perspective.

    FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord is a real-time strategy game that offers an all-new...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 102
  • 20090715

    In April, we showed you a mobile x-ray unit adorned with Pokemans, intended for Japanese hospitals. But
    would you believe it's not the only Pokemon-branded x-ray machine on the market?

    No, there's another one. It's made by the same company - Shimadzu - and is the real deal, a "proper" x-ray unit, sacrificing mobility (and those badass Pokeball wheels) for a sturdy bench and even more cheery Pokemon livery.

    X-ray nerds will be happy to know that this colourful unit is a...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 158
  • 20090713


    Can the Wii remote save lives? The American Heart Association is betting on it, pledging $50,000 to fund a student project that uses Nintendo's TV killer to teach CPR.

    Associate professor of biomechanical engineering at the University of Alabama Greg Walcott came up with the idea for a computer program that uses the wireless technology of the Wii remote to help teach proper cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques. The student team working on the program aim to have the program available...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 110
  • 20090709
    By day, music producer Tsunku writes Morning Musume songs. By night, he sleeps. Sometime in between he creates Rhythm Heaven games.

    At a panel in Los Angeles, Tsunku talked about his music career and rhythm. "Rhythm is something that hasn't really been valued in Japanese culture or in Japanese music," he said. "I really wanted to educate musically oriented people as well as the Japanese public on that."

    While Japan isn't as clued into rhythm Tsunku pointed out, he did say that Americans know how to get down. And boogie. "I respect the American public...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 103
  • 20090703
    Been keeping a keen eye on Square's mystery teaser site? Forget all that because Japanese magazine Weekly Jump has spilled the beans and revealed it's a new Final Fantasy game for DS.

    Its proper name is Hikari no Yon Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden, or Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden, according to translations. Apparently you're given control of a 14-year-old boy who sets out on the day of his birthday to save a princess, after being summoned by the king.

    You get yourself a party of four customisable characters, who you meet on your travels in what is described as...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 1 - Views: 119
  • 20090703


    JJ Hendricks, an avid games collector, recently paid $17,500 for a single video game. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to spend that much on a video game, Hendricks has written all about it!

    The game in question is one we actually featured a few weeks back: a gold Nintendo World Championships cartridge, which had originally been listed on eBay for $25,000.

    There were only ever 26 of these ever made, and despite the fact they're not actually gold - it's just gold...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 1 - Views: 124
  • 20090624


    We don't post about video game auctions very often here. When we do, it has to be something that's pretty amazing. This cardboard treasure trove of Zelda fits that bill.

    It's a box of sealed copies of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The original SNES release. Like the wounded body of 1992 heaved itself upon our doorstep and, with its final, dying breath, left us with its greatest treasure.

    There are six copies to be found within, and they've never been played. Never been...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 111
  • 20090608
    Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has outlined the company's growth strategy, which includes attracting hardcore gamers to the Wii in the near-term.

    "We have near-term, mid-term and long-term opportunities," the exec told CNET. "The near-term opportunity is the consumer who owns a PS3 or an Xbox 360 and has been bad-mouthing Wii to their friends. We can reach that consumer with games like The Conduit or Tiger Woods with Wii MotionPlus.

    "We think we [can] win over the Halo audience with something like The Conduit, a multi-player, online, shooting...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 3 - Views: 105
  • 20090528
    It's not just Japan, North America and Europe that are bonkers for the Nintendo DS. Australia is too, with the local Nintendo outpost announcing today that the console has sold two million units since launch.

    In doing so, it became the fastest console in the country to ever reach the mark. That figure includes combined sales of the DS, DS Lite and DSi. And when you consider that there are only 21 million people in the country, that puts DS ownership at just under 1 in 10 people.

    Live in a country where the DS does not reign supreme? We'd love to hear from you.

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 104
  • 20090524
    The Nintendo Wii and DS obviously won't last forever -- certainly not in their current forms. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted as much in an investor call (via Eurogamer), saying that Nintendo is "always researching and working on new hardware" so they can "be launched whenever we find a very interesting idea."
    "You may not be able to believe this, but even when Nintendo has completed a hardware, it does not mean that we will surely launch it," he said.

    "[New] hardware is not needed until the time our software developers see the end in...

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 78
  • 20090524
    Nintendo has revealed plans to release a Metroid Prime Trilogy this August.

    The bundle will feature Retro's shooters that originally appeared on GameCube as well as the more recent Wii game.

    According to IGN, the trilogy will be released on a single Wii disc and all games will now feature full widescreen, 480p support and the same Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls that made Metroid Prime 3: Corruption a hit.

    There's a hands-on over at IGN, who says, "The key things to remember: three full games, one disc, $49.99, releasing on August 24th, 2009." We'll get...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 95
  • 20090504


    Not a headline you'd expect to read first thing on a Monday, granted, but it's true: Nintendo's lawyers have made a small dental surgery in Malmö, Sweden, change its name.

    Why?

    The surgery is called "Wii Smile". And while one of the two partners running the joint, Christer Wihlborg, says the name came about because his surname starts with "Wi" and there are two owners, the fact is Nintendo registered their trademark over the name "Wii" in 2006,...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 125
  • 20090425
    Now this is a bit strange. Normally, when one purchases a DS, he/she would probably expect to find a handheld inside. But for one 16-year-old, that was not the case at all. When Jodi Wykle’s son opened up his new DS box, a pile of rocks and a Chinese newspaper were found.

    Wykle bought the system at Wal-Mart, but the store would not refund give a refund. According to the store, the item had never been returned and said that Nintendo should be contacted. However, it was her son’s birthday, so the lady bought another system. Just to be sure that rocks were not in the new DS box, Wykle forced...

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 90
  • 20090418
    With 100 million DS and DSi in the hands of gamers worldwide, Nintendo's portable is a mighty tempting platform for developers. So why are only seven of the nearly 1,100 games for the DS rated Mature?

    A popular argument is that Nintendo's portable is for kids and soccer moms only, something that the Japanese developer and publisher has spent years now fighting to disprove.

    Last month Rockstar Games, the developer known as much for the adult themes of their games as they are for the quality of their superb titles, took a gamble to disprove that notion, releasing Grand Theft...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 91
  • 20090408
    Nielsen's State of the Video Gamer study, released Tuesday, indicates that Wii owners use their console less than Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.

    The research firm said Wii owners used their consoles 6.8 percent of the total amount of time that they could have used the system during Nielsen's measurement period during December 2008.


    This compares to Xbox 360's "Active User Percentage" of 10.2 percent and PS3's 10.6 percent, which both led the way amongst current and last-gen consoles.

    In average usage days, Wii trailed all other consoles except for GameCube...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 1 - Views: 91
  • 20090407
    Nintendo says it isn't too worried by the slowing rate of Wii sales in Japan.

    According to games research group Enterbrain, Wii shifted 99,335 units in the five weeks to March 29 - last month's total was down 63 percent compared to a year ago.


    "It is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry, so we are not particularly concerned," Nintendo told the Financial Times, adding, "we hope to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the year".

    While Wii sales are down, PS3 was Japan's...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 89
 

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